Ringside Report: Tommy Frank Stays Unbeaten in Sheffield

Ringside Report: Tommy Frank Stays Unbeaten in Sheffield

Tommy Frank kept his unbeaten record in Sheffield on Friday night, but it was an incredibly tough nights work for the Sheffield fighter.

His Mexican opponent Martin Tecuapetla pushed him all the way in an entertaining fight with every single second of the fight hard-fought, with both striving for dominance in a good evenly matched contest. It always looked a quality fight on paper, and so it proved.

Nothing came easy for either fighter, and at least on my card, Frank’s unblemished record looked in some danger, especially in the opening few rounds.

Most of the rounds could have been scored either way, and at the conclusion of the 10 round fight for the vacant IBO Inter-Continental flyweight title I still thought a shock was in the air, but Frank prevailed by way of unanimous decision. I scored it a draw at 95-95.

The judges had it 97-94, 97-93 and 97-93 again, all for Frank, which seemed a little unfair on his opponent, but it was the type of fight where you would see varying opinions.

Tecuapetla looked the more heavy handed fighter, with Frank offering the more quality shots in return. Frank had trouble all night long keeping his opponent off him, but showed his fighting spirit by staying with the Mexican, when many might have folded under the relentless pressure coming his way.

There were glimpses of Frank at his best, notably in the 7th, when he finally found space to show his class. Frank seemed to conceed afterwards that he had made hard work of it, and while I tend to agree but credit should also be given to Tecuapetla for what he brought and contributed to the fight.

Frank now 13-0 moves on, and it will be interesting if he stays down at flyweight or moves back up to defend his Commonwealth super-flyweight title.

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